HL Deb 28 June 2000 vol 614 cc1057-8

In section 394(7) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (exclusion of material from material of the Authority to which a person must be allowed access), for paragraphs (a) and (b) there shall be substituted—

"(a) is material the disclosure of which for the purposes of or in connection with any legal proceedings is prohibited by section 16 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; or"").

The noble Lord said: Amendment No. 226A would amend the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, updating its provisions to ensure that intercept material and related sensitive information is protected from disclosure under the new interception regime. It is a technical amendment and it merely updates the language used in that Act. I beg to move.

Lord Lucas

It appears to me that the Financial Services and Markets Act has hardly reached the statute book before we are seeking to amend it. I am sure that if the noble Lord, Lord McIntosh, had intended that the wording should be included in that Act he would have included it while the Bill was progressing through the Chamber under his tutelage. I am surprised that the noble Lord has the temerity to contradict such an experienced parliamentarian.

The Earl of Northesk

Following the intervention of my noble friend Lord Lucas, I simply say to the noble Lords, Lord McIntosh and Lord Bach, "Hurrah! No. 1,470." I hope that I have my arithmetic correct.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Lord Bach moved Amendment No. 227: Page 90, leave out lines 47 to 50 and insert— ("11.—(1) In section 9(2)(d) of the Terrorism Act 2000 (proceedings under the Human Rights Act 1998), for "8" there shall be substituted "7". (2) In each of paragraphs 6(3) and 7(5) of Schedule 3 to that Act (references to an organisation and representative in paragraphs 5 and 8 of that Schedule), for "paragraphs 5 and 8" there shall be substituted "paragraph 5".").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule 3, as amended, agreed to.

Schedule 4 [Repeals]:

Lord Bassam of Brighton moved Amendment No. 228: Page 91, line 35, column 3, leave out ("11(2)") and insert (" 11(3)").

The noble Lord said: In moving Amendment No. 228, I shall speak also to Amendment No. 229. I have a long and complicated speech. I am sure that the Committee will wish to hear the whole of my lengthy explanation. Amendment No. 228 corrects an oversight in paragraph 1 of Schedule 3 and amends Section 58(1) of the Post Office Act 1953—I remember it well!—taking account of the amendment previously made to that subsection by Section 11(2) of the Interception of Communications Act 1985. We therefore do not wish to repeal Section 11(2).

Amendment No. 229 would repeal paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 to the Terrorism Act, currently before Parliament as a Bill. This repeal is consequential to Amendment No. 69, which the Government moved during the first sitting of this Committee. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

12.30 a.m.

Lord Bach moved Amendments Nos. 228A to 229:

Page 91, column 3, leave out line 37 and insert—
("Sections 4 and 5.")
Page 91, column 3, leave out line 47 and insert—
("Sections 8 and 9.")
Page 92, line 45, at end insert—
("2000 c. 00. The Terrorism Act 2000. In Schedule 3, paragraph 8.")

The noble Lord said: These amendments have already been spoken to. I beg to move.

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Schedule 4, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 74 [Short title, commencement and extent]:

Lord Bach moved Amendment No. 230: Page 80, line 1, leave out subsections (3) to (5).

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 74, as amended, agreed to.

In the Title:

Lord Bach moved Amendment No. 231: Line 6, leave out ("the establishment of a tribunal with") and insert ("Commissioners and a tribunal with functions and").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Title, as amended, agreed to.

House resumed: Bill reported with amendments.

Lord Carter

My Lords, in moving that the House do now adjourn, perhaps I may say that I hope that the Terrorism Bill receives Royal Assent and becomes an Act.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

House adjourned at twenty-eight minutes before one o'clock.